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Personality Interview Questions

Personality Interview Questions

Use these interview questions to help determine an applicant's personality.

  1. Tell me about yourself … having seen your resume, give me a 3-4-minute infomercial on you…what should I know to get us warmed up and started?

  2. What are your strengths?

  3. What are areas you know you would like to improve upon?

  4. What would your last team or assistant say to describe you?

  5. What frustrates you?

  6. What are you most proud of?

  7. Where do you get your energy?

  8. What is the biggest decision you’ve made over the past year? Why was it such a big deal?

  9. Who have been the coaches in your life? What have they helped with? How coachable on you on a scale of 1 to 10? What would past coaches tell me the most difficult part of coaching you was?

  10. What do you think of office politics? When have you encountered it and how did you handle it? -

  11. How do you like to work? When/where/how are you most effective?

  12. What is important to you?

  13. When you are not your best self…when you are tired, under pressure, or frustrated… what behaviors might have come out in the past?

  14. What is your worst fear about joining the organization?

  15. Give me an example of how you have had to be flexible.

  16. What are your beliefs about leadership?

  17. What do you do to ensure you are self-aware?

  18. Think about someone whom you haven’t gotten along with…how would they describe you?

  19. Tell me about a time you received negative feedback from your boss and how you felt.

  20. How have you responded in the past when a coworker or direct report challenges you in a meeting?

  21. What inspires you?

  22. How are you most likely to be misunderstood by people?

  23. What bothers you most about other people?

  24. How would you describe your personality?

  25. What is one trait that makes you unique?

  26. Tell me about a time in which you have gotten angry at work. What happened and how did you handle it?

  27. What do you do to manage stress?

  28. What are you passionate about?

  29. If you could make one change to your personality, what would it be and why?

  30. How would your best friend describe you?

  31. Do you prefer working collaboratively or independently?

  32. How do you handle negative feedback?

  33. If you saw your coworker doing something unethical, what would you do? Would you act differently if it was your manager?

  34. How do you like to spend your free time?

  35. Using just three words, how would you describe yourself and why?

  36. Do you consider yourself to be an introvert or an extrovert? Why do you feel that way?

  37. Tell me about what you would consider to be your greatest failure. What did you learn from it? What would you do differently now? 

  38. What do you consider to be your greatest success and why? 

  39. Do you prefer working in a team or on your own? Why? `

  40. If you could change one thing about your personality at the snap of your fingers, what would it be and why?

  41. Would you describe yourself as more analytical or creative

  42. What is one personality trait you are proud of

  43. What is one personality trait that needs some improvement

  44. Describe a time when you were asked to perform a task or spearhead an initiative that went against your values. What did you do? What was the outcome?

  45. Describe a situation where you and a colleague whom you relied upon for support (e.g., to complete a project) were in conflict. How did you address the situation?

  46. Tell me about a time when you had to convince another staff member or leader, whom you had no direct authority over, to buy into a new idea or project. How did you accomplish this?

  47. Have you ever lacked confidence at work? Describe the situation and tell us how you overcame it.

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